Day: August 9, 2011

Review: Marc Maron, “This Has To Be Funny”

Marc Maron, This Has To Be Funny (Comedy Central Records) The liner notes by public radio darling Ira Glass could just as well serve as an apt review of Maron’s latest stand-up CD, “This Has To Be Funny,” but since most people don’t buy physical CDs anymore (or do they still?), then I’ll have to take a stab at it myself. As Maron himself notes in the opening track, after the “honest sound check” has concluded, he’s still not doing well, so everything is OK. Which is how Maron’s world works.¬†“Things are going OK, and I can’t handle it!”...

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Initial slate of headliners unveiled for 2011 New York Comedy Festival

A lot of big names in comedy familiar to past editions of the New York Comedy Festival will be returning to headline the 2011 edition this coming November. Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, Kathy Griffin and Norm Macdonald are among the initial slate of headliners unveiled today to the media by Carolines on Broadway, which produces the fest in association with Comedy Central. Pre-sale tickets for Citi and Verizon FiOS members is available tomorrow morning, with general public ticket sales offered Aug. 15. The fest itself runs Nov. 9-13, 2011,...

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Catching up with the American shows in the Edinburgh Fringe 2011

If you’re in the UK, August means time for Edinburgh Festival Fringe, four weeks in which comedians from around the world descend upon this Scottish city and compete for your attention, money and laughter. The 2011 Fringe would tell you, through its searchable database, that there are 26 comedy shows to choose from that arrived from America. Somehow they missed several other U.S. comedians. From that first list of 26, we learn that musical improv comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy is pulling double-duty on both sides of the pond this week, performing both in Edinburgh and NYC!¬†Boston’s Chris Coxen...

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The Onion testing new online paywall, but still free for Americans

The Onion‘s website,, has begun testing a new system that charges for accessing more than five pages per month online. But wait! It doesn’t apply to you if you’re in America. Or if you visit The A.V. Club, The Onion‘s non-parody arts-and-entertainment section. Sean O’Neal tried to ease readers fears by outlining the new rules, which I’ll paraphrase in bullet points: The paywall impacts only international readers who access more than five articles within 30 days. That’s articles, so the home page and section fronts are excluded from the count. If you’re an American serving abroad in the...

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Matt Besser’s new UCB Improv Master Class offers “new way”

How to gear up for this weekend’s Del Close Marathon? How about warming up your comedic palette with this new web series from the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Matt Besser, “Inside the Master Class,” in which Besser and his Los Angeles students of a super improv master class learn some life lessons, based on Besser’s discovery of “a new way to teach improv.” Set tongues in cheeks…now. The first two episodes are online, two more will be released over the next two days leading up to DCM13. In the first episode, Besser forces the group to vote one of its...

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